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you can watch it in 90 minutes but it changes your review on the inside. they have the power to do that books have the power to change minds by providing information so once again i urge you not to be apathetic be dangerous americans to go out and change society and help save your country. [applause]
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mr. veeck this state allegiance was very deep it this far back given generation as hustlers in the country and one has to keep that in mind i am not be literate -- belittling slavery that is the major cause of the civil war you can explain those actions of stonewall jackson that they fight because they need them not that they supported the cause neither wanted. >> mr. jackson would you do for a living? >> i am the publisher and editor-in-chief of one world books a new imprint of random house that was founded 20 years ago and i every imagining and
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reanimating. >> host: what is the focus? >> good question many books have been published across my career to focus on social old justice issues of fiction and nonfiction and that will help us understand the past in the narrative trails to understand our history in the shins and the crisis of storytelling and also to a magic in the future so the most essential conversations we have today as a new approach from those that we consider to be the mainstream whether people coming from different
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national backgrounds or those that have political ideas better use the term mainstream loosely i really mean people better outside of the discourse better in the center of american life and culture. >> what are some of the books you have published? >> lee did publish a book last year that won the national book award and a big best seller isn't it is a great example of the typewriter that i want to work with going forward because someone had a big idea in that book and he uses that to talk about the idea of race and choose sympathize the scholarship from the issue of american history or the history of race to talk about the role
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of the body of political conversation but inouye to dramatize and humanize with personal story telling that helps to reinvigorate conversations so that this is some ways emblematic bryan stevenson is one of my personal heroes from in every alabama to the story of one particular case of exoneration with the attempt to redefine of justice and mercy the specific narrative on one hand but also what are our basic values and how delicate seven totally different ways? another is to set the bar
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because he took a subject that we talk about more and more with mass incarceration and talks about it in a different way than people are accustomed to hearing by opening a door for people coming in to that conversation. telling a dramatic narrative of one particular case but at the same time to reorient hour entire thinking about justice and mercy is and who we are as a society in what the values are of society in to put the people to death
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so that is a prime example. i did do a book of the life of jay z through his lyrics and that is a book that it's a model of what i want to do this since there is a lot of music biographies but this had at its main thrust the desire to make people think what rap music was for that period of time that it came out of in the '80s to reorient our understanding of that again like the connected speedway personal story but also forces readers to think of that period in that are forming a different way.
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>> host: when you say you publish these books, what does that mean? what work is involved? >> i was an executive editor 10 years m.l.s. division did i work with to publishers there is reworked as a team in terms of publishing this book starts with the acquisition every book is acquired in a different way. the there they come to me through agents or i approached the writers myself or have a conversation with someone. their work with the writers to develop ideas is sometimes i work with journalists helping to direct their recording as you are already working with
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them and and what leads they will follow to think ahead of how the information they are gathering turns itself into a narrative. the and the writer goes away and in the editing is conceptual for that structure or organization and then there is another layer of editing then we go line by line and word by word that is the editorial part of the job then you oversee as an editor you help to manage the production process through
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the interior design the cover design and then to develop the marketing plan and then with the more central part is to commission the book so they understand what they're selling in a way to take with them wherever they go. that is one of the key functions how you talk about the book in the most precise way? and in the writer goes out and has a talk of pure and undigestible forms. >> how did you get into the business? >> my first job in publishing was high-school the lead to a high school that had my senior year you
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to do college courses or the internship if you repeat have all your high-school requirements that job led to other jobs while i was still in college that refers real job in publishing i helped with writing and research and free-lance work for people but then it was at john wiley worry got a job and stayed there for about five years and rose up the ranks a scientific technical medical publisher but i did general-interest publishing i was able to do some books that spoke to me personally like for the schomburg center which is of black research library at the new
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york public library that is a historic repository of african-american literature and they did some work with analogy is stepping into the world where i could work with them publish some of the younger black and latino writers that were forming a new kind of literary movement that might be overstated but that help to design my perspective that i came to random house that first issue of crown publishing. >> host: in a recent "new york times" magazine there is a profile of you and your work projects and stephenism eight kreme one dash between the machinery writing from
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the margins of society do you agree? >> i wouldn't say that i stand alone but that is definitely my aspiration. visit to distance between the white audience at all but although that is how it functions sometimes it is more interesting to be the role that i think i can play that is a coming from mainstream but allows them to tell their stories or speak to their ideas believe there is a gate keeper between them and their audience that will diminish in shape their ideas

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